El Dorado Arts Council – El Dorado Arts Council promotes a lively arts ecosystem, connecting local artists and organizations throughout the county. Check out their community arts & culture calendar for upcoming studio tours, art walks, poetry readings, music festivals, gallery exhibitions, living history reenactments, and more.
Thomas Kinkade Hometown Gallery
The original art gallery that helped launch the distinguished career of artist Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light,” is located on Placerville’s Historic Main Street. Kinkade grew up in Placerville in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and in 1984 was commissioned to paint original art for the Placerville Public Library. Kinkade’s works were designed to evoke nostalgia, warmth, and security and were almost certainly heavily influenced his early years in Placerville.
Art on the Divide
A cozy gallery in a historic brick building richly filled with the work of local artists on a treeArt-lined street in the northern region of El Dorado County. The Art on the Divide Gallery is a cooperative, with new work added monthly including new cards, jewelry, and art works small and large.
Barn Quilts are hand-painted public works of art that adorn locations such as barns, historic buildings, farms, and gardens. They offer a splash of color and charm to historic locations throughout El Dorado County. Each barn quilt has a story waiting to unfold. Download an El Dorado County Quilt Trail Map to get started.
Live Performances and Concerts
Olde Coloma Theatre
380 Monument Road Coloma, CA 95613
Cheer the Hero…Boo the Villian… in a charming & historic theatre. Interact with your actors — who reply in character! Enjoy the rare art of melodrama — it’s one of only three such theatres in California!
The Movie Lover’s Guide to El Dorado County
It’s a little-known fact that the scenic foothills and dramatic high alpine scenery of Lake Tahoe are in many Hollywood films. Here is a handy guide to all the films produced in the region.
The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival is a unique celebration of music, theatre and the visual arts. The festival is set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Tallac Historic Site.
The Festival begins in mid-June with events and activities that continue throughout August. Events occur in the Boathouse Theatre, The Valhalla Grand Hall, and the Grand Lawn.
Tahoe Public Art (TPA) enhances the cultural landscape of the Tahoe region by providing dynamic art experiences inspired the Lake Tahoe Basin’s natural beauty and heritage to create momentum towards local environmental preservation efforts.
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Don't miss the 5th Annual 20 Mile Taste Fundraiser at the Davies Family Inn at Shadowridge Ranch. This event, a fundraiser for Ag in the Classroom, is a celebration of El Dorado County’s bounty showcasing local produce prepared by local chefs and paired with locally produced beverages. In addition to the locally sourced tastes, the event will feature a raffle, live auction, live music, and adult farm day fun.Find out more »
This local's favorite showcases local and original arts and crafts. Stroll down Placerville's Historic Main Street, which is closed to traffic for this event. There are lots of activities to enjoy while shopping on Main Street. Best of all, it's free!Find out more »
Join renegade wine makers and musicians on the river at WINEderlust, the El Dorado Winery Association's during its first annual celebration of renegades, rebels, and rabble-rousers.Find out more »
The Placerville Downtown Association presents the 29th Annual Antique Faire on Historic Main Street, featuring an open air market, antiques, and vintage vendors, along with food, refreshments, and more. It's fun for the whole family!Find out more »